Stone is Fragua’s preferred medium. He sees it as an honest and pure material combining basic elements of the earth, allowing him to express the spirit of the Pueblo people. He honors tradition in all of his work, choosing themes that represent and reflect his pride in Pueblo culture.
Fragua comes from a family of famed artists, and his mother, Juanita, and sisters, Glendora and Betty Jean, are highly respected Pueblo potters. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe in the 1970s, where he studied with legendary Apache sculptor Allen Houser. Fragua has won awards from Heard Indian Market, Santa Fe Indian Market, the Wheelwright Museum, and the Native American Artist Invitational. His sculptures appear at the Albuquerque International Sunport, and in many other public locations. In 2005 he was named Indian Artist of the Year by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association.
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